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USL D1 - June 18 - Montreal vs Portland [R]


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Montreal Impact (5-2-1, 4th place) vs. Portland Timbers (5-4-4, 3rd place)

Sunday, June 18, 2006 - 4:00 PM EDT

Claude-Robillard Sports Complex (natural grass), Montreal

Radio, audio Webcast:

[*]CJAD 800 AM Montreal (English)

[*]Sport Plus XM-172 (French)

Pre-match articles from the last few days:

[*]The Impact hosts the Portland Timbers Sunday - Montreal Impact, June 17

[*]Focus - Antoniuk ready to battle former teammates - Montreal Impact, June 15

[*]Timbers face challenging road series - Portland Timbers, June 14


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Was at the game today. Maybe it was too hot to play well but it was a pretty boring match. Portland had one very good chance but otherwise the few chances there were were mostly Montreal's. It was really only in the last 15 minutes that Montreal seemed to sense any urgency to score and started pressuring offensively. Portland is a very small team and the only USL team I have seen so far that seems to dive a lot. They played pretty well though considering how hot it was and that this was their 3rd game in 4 days. I can't believe Montreal didn't try to take advantage of this and run them ragged but they seemed to be conserving their own energy too. Despite the France game being played concurrently, still more than 9000 fans. The Ultras section is much reduced from last year though both in numbers and volume. Maybe we need Daniel to come back (I was just thinking if we ever had both Daniel and Sean Keay at a Canada match this would be a pretty good one two punch for leading the chants).

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Impact match report:

Press release: June 18, 2006


MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact (5-1-3) settled for a 0-0 draw against the Portland Timbers (5-4-5), Sunday, in front of 9,273 spectators at Claude-Robillard Sports Complex.

In a game dominated 14-2 by Montreal in shots, the Impact kept sustained pressure on the Timbers throughout the game, without being able to capitalize.

Portland, who settled for a 2-2 tie against the Rochester Raging Rhinos Saturday night, played a solid game defensively, staving of numerous Impact attacks.

This was Impact forward Daniel Antoniuk’s first game against his former team. Antoniuk spent three seasons with the Timbers before joining the Impact in March.

With the tie, the Impact remains in fourth place in USL D1 standings, with 18 points, two points behind the Rochester Raging Rhinos and the Timbers, tied in first place with 20 points, and a point behind the Vancouver Whitecaps (19 points).

The Impact remains unbeaten at home this season (3-0-2) and dominates its opponents 9-1 in goals, at home.

Goalkeeper Andrew Weber, who earned his second shutout, started his third consecutive game for the Impact.

Defenders Jason DiTullio (5,019) and Adam Braz (5,027) reached the 5,000 career minutes played mark with the Impact.


13th minute – After controlling the ball in the box on the left wing, Impact forward Daniel Antoniuk took a point-blank shot. Portland Timbers goalkeeper Bayard Elfvin made the save by coming out to cut off the angle.

20th minute – Just inside the box on the right wing, Impact forward Mauricio Salles took a low diagonal shot, saved by Elfvin who dove to his right.

89th minute – On a free kick from Masahiro Fukasawa, Impact defender Nevio Pizzolitto controlled the ball with his back to the net, at the top of the box. Quickly turning around, he tried chipping the goalkeeper but Bayard Elfvin swatted the ball wide.



"We started the game well with good scoring chances in the first 15 minutes, but after that we didn’t create enough chances. Today’s game was more difficult for our midfield. There was no space on the field and we should have used the wings more, especially since they defended with 10 players behind the ball."


"I’m disappointed because we wanted to win. We tried until the very end, but today we weren’t able to score. We were expecting that from the Timbers. They worked hard to get a point from us. There is no excuse for this kind of results."


"We lacked finishing. We had trouble with our passing throughout the game. They closed down the play from the beginning to the end. A goal would have allowed us to have more space on the field."


Team – Player – Position - Reason

MTL – Antonio Ribeiro (M) – hamstring – day to day

MTL – Greg Sutton (G) – finger - return date TBD

MTL - Leonardo Di Lorenzo (M) – foot - return date TBD

MTL - Gerry Argento (G) – concussion - return date TBD

MTL – David Fronimadis (D) – knee - return date TBD


Date – Teams – Stadium – Time

Sat. June 24 - Impact @ Rochester – PAETEC Park - 7:35 pm

Wed. June 28 – Rochester @ Impact - Claude-Robillard Sports Complex – 7:30 pm


Impact line-up

Andrew Weber, Gabriel Gervais, Nevio Pizzolitto, Adam Braz (Jason DiTullio 66), Mauricio Vincello, Lars Lyssand, Zé Roberto, Kirk Wilson (Joel Bailey 72), Mauro Biello (Masahiro Fukasawa 64), Daniel Antoniuk, Mauricio Salles (Massimo Di Ioia 92)

Atlanta line-up

Elfvin Bayard, Salim Bullen, Scot Thompson, Jacobi Goodfellow, Mike Randolph, Luke Kreamalmeyer (Sergio Iniguez 73), Mubarike Chisoni (Oral Bullen 77), Lee Morrison, Tom Poltl, Byron Alvarez, Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar

Statistics: Atlanta - Impact

Shots: 2-14

Saves: 10-1

Fouls: 17-18

Offsides: 5-4

Corners: 3-7


POR: Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar 31

MTL: Zé Roberto 62


Silviu Petrescu, Jean-François Corrivault, Mathieu Bourdeau, Carol-Anne Chénard


Source : Patrick Vallée, Montreal Impact

Info : 514-328-3668 Ext. 27

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